with my whole heart (2)

This was the final piece I produced for this collection. This piece was created after a conversation I had with a new friend about passion. She said to me, “You’re so passionate, Sarah”, and the idea made me recoil. Still, in the back of my mind this idea sat with me. I could agree that I was a passionate person, but was I being passionate about the right things? So, I painted about the discovery of my passion.

“my melted popsicles” exhibit, Satori Art Gallery, May 2019 – June 2019

mixed medium acrylics on 24″ x 36″” x 2″ cradled clayboard panels.

my melted popsicle

my melted popsicle was the first piece I finished for this collection. For many years I have kept a personal bucket list that included both adventures and goals, and I was lucky enough to cross off a few goals this year.  I created this piece as a representation of how things worth having require sacrifice and care or else they will melt.  

“my melted popsicles” exhibit, Satori Art Gallery, May 2019 – June 2019

mixed medium acrylics on 24″ x 36″” x 1.5″  framed, cradled clayboard panel.

with my whole heart

This work is an extremely special piece to me. I created for it my grandmother, Nancy. Since her passing I have wanted to say or write an encapsulation of how special she was, but my words always fell flat. Bringing her to life with paint feels less fruitless; it feels like a place to visit her, and that’s all I wish for now.

“my melted popsicles” exhibit, Satori Art Gallery, May 2019 – June 2019

mixed medium acrylics on 30″ x 48″” x 1.5″ stretched canvas.

Golden Dreams

Golden Dreams was a challenging piece to finish. My brain was overcrowded with thoughts, and I was unsure how to be mindful and present. I started by laying out my base color and textures as usual, but midway through I hit a wall. I have experienced this with writing plenty of times, but I was unsure how to conquer the feeling with art. So, I took a break, meditated, and did some journaling. I gave my focus to other works, and came back to it with fresh eyes.

“my melted popsicles” exhibit, Satori Art Gallery, May 2019 – June 2019

mixed medium acrylics on 24″ x 36″” x 1.5″  framed, cradled clayboard panel.

Constant Growth

Using blues and green Constant Growth illustrates the chaotic and successful year I have had. Life is a long journey filled with detours, construction, and fast lanes. You may plan out the perfect straight-and-narrow path, but life insists on flexibility. This piece epitomizes the resilience earned from life’s surprises.

“my melted popsicles” exhibit, Satori Art Gallery, May 2019 – June 2019

mixed medium acrylics on 30″ x 48″” x 2″ stretched canvas.

a magic carpet ride

The purples and golds in a magic carpet ride came naturally after rewatching Disney’s Aladdin- what can I say? I’m a 90s kid! As a little girl I dreamed of having a magic carpet ride just like the “A Whole New World” scene. It was all the things I craved- magical, romantic, and adventurous. As an adult my work as an artist has become my carpet ride. Art has expanded my world and taken me places I never even considered. Art is challenging, satisfying, and very adventurous.

“my melted popsicles” exhibit, Satori Art Gallery, May 2019 – June 2019

mixed medium acrylics on 30″ x 40″” x 2″ stretched canvas.

Lightening

LIGHTENING was the most pleasurable piece I created this spring. I started it towards the end of the collection, and things in all areas of my life were finishing up. I remember feeling free, and able to enjoy my all hard work as I danced around the canvas to tunes like Florence + the Machine. By the final stages I slowed down and found a mellow center. This piece is fun, active, and particular.

“my melted popsicles” exhibit, Satori Art Gallery, May 2019 – June 2019

mixed medium acrylics on 24″ x 36″” x 2″ cradled clayboard panels.